For those who are interested in such things, the Department of Constitutional Affairs have published the stats for possession proceedings which can be viewed here.
To see the figures you have to scroll right down to the end of the page. The stats are divided into mortgage claims and landlord possession claims, the latter including both social and private landlords.
The figues for this quarter are slightly up on last year, but less than the previous years. It looks as if the trend over all is downwards, as the total figures for 2001 claims made was 175,908 whereas the total claims for last year were 144,674. For some reason the number of claims always seems to be higher in the first quarter of the year. It seems fairly constant that only about 67% of claims get converted into possession orders (including suspended orders).